Essance Organic Skincare

Company: Essance Organic Skincare

“HERBAL INFUSED SKINCARE: Raw beauty is possible with natural ingredients. Handmade so you can feel amazing, loved, and beautiful.”

Review:

I’m so excited to be back! While I was away, I tried out a fantastic products from a brand called Essance Organic Skincare! Their products are made in Portland, OR and honestly, their everything I want in my skincare products! They’re organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and full of beneficial plants and herbs!

I had the opportunity to try out a bunch of their products that are included in their Dragon’s Blood Starter Package. Don’t worry, Khalisi’s dragons weren’t harmed to make these products! They are named for the antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients called Sangre de Drago (aka Dragon’s Blood).

Ok, let’s go!

First, the Dragon’s Blood Cleanser is great for all skin types and does a great job removing the day’s dirt, oil, and make up without drying your skin. Its thick, rich formula contains skin-loving ingredients including aloe vera, olive oil, papaya, rosehip seed oil, MSM, frankincense to not only cleanse, but to moisturize and fight signs of aging, dryness, and inflammation! This isn’t just a cleanser, it is a skin treatment in and of itself.

After cleansing, I spritzed on the Dragon’s Blood Toner. All you need to do is lightly mist this refreshing toner all over you face and let the orange blossum, peppermint, witch hazel, lavendar, frankincense, and Chaga mushroom balance and reinvigorate your skin in preparation for the products below!

To seal the benefits of the toner into your skin, immediately apply the Dragon’s Blood Cream. It easily glides onto the skin which quickly drank it up like a sponge, leaving my complexion looking dewy and ready for make up! This cream has the same plant-based ingredients as the cleanser to really give your skin the benefits of these fantastic ingredients.

At night after cleansing and toning, I used the Dragon’s Blood Serum which has the same fresh, herbal scent as the rest of the line. This product is more like a thick cream/serum hybrid, jam packed with Chaga mushroom, Rooisbos Tea, coconut oil, rose distallate, rosehip, argan oil, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, and carrot oil. This list of superstar ingredients moisturizes and supplies anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties as you sleep. Your skin really couldn’t ask for more!

If you’re looking for a great body moisturizer, their Passionfruit Lotion is great for everyday use to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Like the rest of their products, it easily absorbs right into the skin. I love the light scent and the long list of all natural ingredients including aloe, jojoba, coconut oil, rose, and rooibos tea.

Last but not least, is the Passionfruit Lip balm! If I don’t have lip balm on, I really don’t feel my best! My lips dry out almost immediately (yesssss, mom, I drink plenty of water), so I’m always looking for a healthy, vegan and cruelty free lip product that moisturizes and doesn’t break the bank! I love this lip balm because it does everything a great lip balm should!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for some serious skincare but want all natural, plantbased, and crueltyfree ingredients, Essance Skincare is for you! Each and every product contains all natural, nourishing ingredients that make your skin look healthy and glowing! I love how my skin looks! I only need a little concealer and I’m out the door! The redness is my cheeks is not as noticeable and my skin just looks radiant and cared for! Essance Skincare truly makes amazing products that are good for you, the environment and the animals!

Head on over to their website and let me know what you try! Thank you, Essance Organic Skincare, for sending me these products to review!

Natural Thriving Boutique Natural Insect Repellant

Company: Natural Thriving Clean Beauty and Wellness Boutique

Products: 

Elegant Rose Insect Repellent

Campers Shampoo and Body Bar – Natural Insect Repellent

Reviews:

If you are vegan and/or want a natural way to keep the bugs away, look no further! Natural Thriving Boutique offers a chemical-free bug repellant made with essential oils that will allow you to enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities without the ridiculous toxins found in other bug sprays. Trust me, you don’t want to breathe in the store-bought stuff!

Lemon, eucalyptus, citronella, geranium, and peppermint oils combine to create a bright, herbal, citrus-y scent that is SO refreshing. Just spray on a few pumps of this fine mist and, you’re good to go explore the outdoors (or just sit outside and sip your coffee). It is even safe for your pets!

I’m happy to report that this spray does, in fact, keep the bugs away. Repel them, don’t kill them!

I also received a sample of Campers Shampoo & Body Bar. If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that I LOVE a good, multi-use product! If not, Hi, I’m Julie, and I want everything in my life to be multi-functional. 

This bar has an uplifting and refreshing scent that is very similar to the Insect Repellant spray, and contains coconut oil, shea butter, and lemon, eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint & geranium essential oils.

Under running water, it lathers up nicely and easily rinses clean from your hair and skin, leaving both thoroughly clean and smelling oh-so-fresh! You would never guess that this product is a natural bug repellant!

The Bottom Line

Natural Thriving Boutique offers effective vegan and cruelty-free products. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE that likes spending time outside needs this natural insect repellant! It works and smells great! I have some hiking trips planned and I will absolutely use these products!

Thank you, Natural Thriving Boutique for sending me these products to review and for offering natural, animal-friendly products!

Demand for Vegan Cheese At U.S. Domino’s Locations Has Skyrocketed!

As if we needed even more proof that plant-based foods are taking over, the demand for vegan cheese at Domino’s Pizza locations within the U.S. has skyrocketed!

Domino’s locations in Australia were the first of the franchise to offer 3 specialty pizzas with plant-based cheese. These absolutely mouth-watering options include The Vegan Margherita, The Vegan Avocado Veg, and The Vegan Spicy Veg Trio. The overwhelming success of these pizzas has lead Domino’s to make these them, along with vegan cheesy garlic bread (YESSS!), permanent menu items. Vegans, animal rights activists, and dairy-free individuals now demand locations throughout the United States to start offering these incredible pizzas with vegan cheese!

By offering plant-based cheese pizzas, Domino’s will make vegan options more accessible and accepted, and has the ability to inspire other chains within the food industry to follow suit! This is a HUGE opportunity for Domino’s pizza to become the largest franchise to offer vegan pizzas! C’mon, Domino’s! Let’s make this happen!

Head on over to your social media accounts and let Domino’s know that we want vegan pizza NOW!!!

Source:

https://www.livekindly.co/dominos-requests-vegan-cheese/

BioTerra Herbs “boing” Energy Supplement… Vegan Pep in a Bottle

Company: BioTerra Herbs

“Because we believe most of all our 100% Natural Supplements are better than synthetic and chemical-laden answers, many of which probably seems like they leave you feeling worse than before. While with BioTerra Herbs Natural Supplements , you know consequently exactly what’s going into your body.

As a result we create herbal remedies to balance your body, not harm it! First of all we test all of our raw herbs, check for molds and parasites. Finally we confirm that all of our herbs are gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, and 100% natural!

From our natural fertility pills to our all-natural energy boost supplements, we create formulas that help balance the body and get you going.”

Product: Energy… boing™ Natural Energy Supplement

Review: 

If you’re new here, Hi, Hey there, Hello! I’m Julie and I’m a coffee addict. I love being fully caffeinated at all times and if I’m not, something is wrong, terribly wrong.

As much as I love and appreciate my daily coffees, I know that they are not the healthiest option and that they do not love me back. I’ve tried many times in the past to give up my beloved almond milk lattes and soy cold brews, but I just go crawling back!

I’m happy to introduce to you BioTerra Herbs Energy… boing Natural Energy Supplement! These little vegan capsules are plant-based and made to boost energy without stimulants.

Let’s be honest, I had my doubts but I’m surprised to say that these bad boys did, in fact, enhance my energy! Asian Ginseng has been used forever to increase energy, improve concentration, boost the immune system and promote overall wellbeing. Sign me up!

It said on the packaging to take 2 capsules after a meal, 1x per day, for 7 days to feel the effects. In all honesty, I did not give up my coffee for the first few days. I shouted to the Universe that someone will have to pry my Starbucks cup out of my cold, dead hands for me to give it up. However, after day 4 or 5 I did notice that I was thinking more clearly after waking up in the mornings which is kind of a big deal. (To put this into perspective, I previously tried to open my car door with my house key and have worn 2 different shoes to work).

I noticed that I just had more pep in my step… but not in a I-just-took- an-illegal-substance kind of way. I didn’t feel rundown into the ground by mid-afternoon and I have generally gotten more stuff done.

The Bottom Line: I generally feel better when taking these supplements! I certainly have more energy but I think most of all, I really love how my concentration has improved and that there is no jitters, no weird coffee sweats, and no “crash” in energy levels. I’m a fan and will definitely continue to use these supplements! Head on over to BioTerra Herbs’ website to check out all of the natural, vegan supplements that they have to offer!

Thank you, BioTerra Herbs, for sending me this sample to review!

*This product was sent to me for free. As always, my reviews are authentic and genuine. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Banza Chickpea Pasta – The Perfect, Healthy Alternative for Pasta Fiends!

Company: Banza Chickpea Pasta

“Chickpeas make delicious pasta. That’s why we used them to create Banza®. We took a household favorite and made it even better, turning the pasta you love into the pasta that loves you back!”

Product: Banza Ziti Made From Chickpeas  – $25.00 USD for a case of six, 8 ounce boxes

Review: Who doesn’t like a great pasta dish? I know I do, but don’t eat it as often as I’d like because I’m trying to get “healthier.”

Well, needless to say, I was thrilled to try out this chickpea pasta from Banza! It only has 4 ingredients: Chickpeas, Tapioca, Pea Protein, and Xanthum Gum. This badass pasta is gluten-free, non-GMO, and of course, Vegan! Each 3.5 ounce serving contains 25 grams of protein (whoa!!!!), 13 grams of Fiber, and 43 grams of carbs! Did I mention it was gluten-free?

Ok, so you may have tried brown rice pasta or some other pasta varieties that just don’t cook nicely. They get mushy, stick together, or take on a not-so-appetizing gummy texture. I’m happy to report that this Ziti was simple to cook and it took just 8 minutes to get to the perfect, slightly more than al dente texture.

Trust me when that one serving will fill you up… even for the biggest pasta fiends! All of that protein, fiber, and carbs really make one satisfying meal! I’d love to make some into a pasta salad and take it with me for lunch or after the gym for some long-lasting energy.

I decided to make a Chiken Alfredo… something I haven’t had in a decade. I was worried that my cashew-based sauce was too thick (is there such a thing?) and it would cause the pasta to break apart. NOPE! The ziti and my crazy rich Alfredo sauce paired up perfectly!

The Bottom Line

Banza Chickpea Pasta is some pretty amazing stuff! I can’t get over how easy it was to cook! It tastes just like regular pasta, only it is jam packed with protein and fiber. This is perfect for people that love to carbo-load while watching Black Mirror (me!) or for fitness enthusiasts that want a satisfying, clean meal. I can’t recommend this pasta enough!

Thank you, Banza, for sending me your pasta to review!